• Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   3 years 11 months ago

    I would like to know why in Chicago if there are new opening for employment,for clerk, mailhandler, etc and u have already pass the postal test why do u have to take it again. If there are opening in these areas why not pull people who already pass the test so they can be hired. It doesn't make since to take the same test again when u have people in line waiting for these jobs and u are telling them they must take the test all over again because the is something new. So what hire US, we been on the waiting list two years or more now because it something new we have to take the test again and that's fair. Can somebody look into this.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    Your argument almost makes sense but takes the typical postal view of the bad employee, you should consider the opposite employee's view, that if I am better trained then I would be worth more. How about incentives for completing training? Scaled incentives for higher scores when attending training? How about we drop the stick and offer more carrot for a change?

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    The story below shows another of the possible uses for Neighborhood Mail. This type of thing could become more common if Neighborhood Mail was known by every American and it was easier to do from your home computer.


    Randi Slocum with Kaylee.
    When Randi Slocum’s dog Kaylee ran away from her Stillwater, NY, home, Slocum and her friends did what any group of concerned pet owners would do — they formed a search party and knocked on neighbors’ doors looking for the chocolate Labrador mix.

    But Randi’s mother, Carolyn, had a better idea — use Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) to notify residents in Stillwater and nearby Schuylerville, NY, of the dog’s disappearance.

    Carolyn Slocum, a board member of the local Postal Customer Council, had just attended an EDDM seminar given by Albany District Grow Your Business Coordinator Natalie Dolan. “I knew that the best way to reach every household was through the new EDDM program,” said Slocum. “Since many people work all day, this would be the most likely way to reach them.”

    By the next morning, Carolyn had the mailings prepared to EDDM standards and dropped them off at the Stillwater and Schuylerville Post Offices. The flyer helped unleash a series of phone calls, and that helped lead to Kaylee’s safe return.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    This type of thinking should apply to everyone, salary and craft employees. And, when an employee is FORCED to go to training, the USPS eats the cost, or recovers the cost from the responsible party. If it is known that said employee was soon to leave the USPS, the manager or supervisor responsible for forcing the employee to attend training should now liable for the cost.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    I would suggest a distinction needs to be made between voluntary and involuntary training.

    If an employee volunteer for training then it seems reasonable that he or she has to pay it back. If an employee is involuntarily assigned to training that it seems unreasonable to me.

    I think we all have known at least one fellow employee who has abused the system i.e. attending training with full plans to retire and "pay management back" or other nonsense.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    I believe it would be more cost effective to retain the employee's with the most schooling and knowledge and aptitude. Why doesn't the Postal Service give ET's a monetary award to stay on another 3 or 4 years? Just like in the Military

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    Interesting article, but from observation, it seems like a big part of new business is in the online purchasing area. I have always liked the personal service of the Postal Service employees,you get to know your carrier and they are always helpful. UPS drivers are also helpful but not as well know as the mail carrier. So I guess I wonder why the Postal service doesn't try to compete more with UPS and Fed Ex. I think with a little more computer tracking that the postal service would win hands down.

  • Reply to: The Postal Strike of 1970   3 years 11 months ago

    labor relation failure has waste postal monies by the millios with total impunity.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. You bring up an interesting point. If in fact the employee you refer to has officially notified USPS management of his intention to retire and a retirement date has been set, then it would cause us to question whether sending such an employee to six weeks of very specialized and costly training was really necessary. Should these actions prove to be widespread, this is an issue that could be considered for further review.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    While we are not advocating "a serfdom of involuntary servitude", we do recognize that, no matter the career, continuing education and training in the field benefits both the employee and the employer. However, this often requires a commitment by both parties, a commitment by the employee to set aside time to take training and a commitment by the employer to both provide training and pay the employee while being trained. While we recognize that a lot of the training provided to Postal employees is specific to Postal operations, some training can be highly valuable to companies outside the Postal Service. Would you agree that any area which involves expensive training which can be used outside of the Postal Service, for example, vehicle maintenance training, should require a time commitment to ensure the Postal Service recoups the money it is spending on training that individual?

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. To further explore this issue, what ideas can you share with us for identifying how much training takes place “off the clock”?

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    I am aware of an ET who will be retiring in no more than 6 months and has notified mgmnt of such. He is being required to attend the first 6 week phase of FSS in Norman and may also attend phase 2 for 6 weeks.That is rediculous. Mgmnt should be held accountable for this sort of BS Not just the Craft.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    I'll buy your argument if the OIG will also do a concurrent study on how much training takes place off the clock. The fact is that in many smaller offices PMRs and other non-career employees are forced into a situation where they must work off the clock in order to receive adequate training.
    Postmsters and managers in small offices are essentially punished if they adhere to on the clock training. The employee either receives cursory and insubstantial training or the manager must violate her budget requirements.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    I have seen Boss's send people to school when it was well known that the employee was going to retire within months just out of spite. You are asking for management to use common sense but that only happens about 50% of the time.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    Sure if the USPS is will to pay for all employees costs (everything including home) when they excess an employee to a new office and then turn around and excess them from there within months. USPS sign contract that if they excess an employee to any office within 5 yrs of either employment or previous excess then the USPS will pay 100% of everything involved with the excessing.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 11 months ago

    The flaw in that logic is most times we are being trained in equipment that NO ONE ELSE USES!
    And usually the training is a requirement, not something we sought.
    Unless of course you are propsing a serfdom of involuntary servitude. In which case, your argument makes sense.
    So, make this new rule, then close the schools. Because no one will go.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    OK Here's my comment. I live in Pittsburgh in a neighborhood. So, I have family or a friend that lives near here. I usually see them at least once a week. I could close my mail box and use their address
    as a delivery point. Since 95% of the mail I get is junk mail.
    The junk mail folks will remove may address from the list because
    they don't do duplicate addresses. Every week, I pick up the relevant mail (two or three letter's) (term relevant is questionable), and
    visit my family or friend. The taxing authorities, by virtue of their electronic real estate records, verify the existence of my physical biometric address. If everyone in my neighborhood does this, there
    could be hypothetically 25% less stops for the carrier equating to
    less carriers & less time.
    The problem with this concept is the same problem with government.
    More duplication creates more jobs and more work. It's a problem that technology has conquered, but the draconian leadership simply won't change, ultimately resulting in collapse.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   3 years 11 months ago

    Many of the smaller post offices could, and should be closed down. Also, Saturday delivery is a joke: eliminate it.

    Do away with all of the cheap and junk mail, or subsidize the invention of a combined mail box/incinerator. We don’t need this litter!

    Finally, one new stamp a year, issued in booklet form, and available in many venues would serve the purpose quite nicely, thank you. There is absolutely no reason to print so many meaningless stamps each year.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    Lisa Bowes is absolutely correct. This is not new revenue. It will appear as if it is and the offices that lose the revenue will be punished probably by the usual means of intimidation while poorly trained "sales" force employees are out wasting Postal $$$ trying to sell a product that is already sold for less money--only to different mailers. We (the Postal Service) could solve the unemployment problem overnight if you only counted the number of detail positions we create for ourselves trying to cover positions that don't need to be covered, made, sold, etc.

  • Reply to: Automated Package Stations – Rapidly Expanding Service in Europe!   3 years 11 months ago

    Online services is the easiest ways to deliver parcels with the help of internet though it has high rates but mostly customers are doing this in order to receive their parcels safely.

  • Reply to: Maximizing the Postal Service’s Mobile Presence   3 years 11 months ago

    For clarification, the comparison of the USPS Mobile and UPS applications referred to in this article are based on the features available on their respective Android apps at the time the article was written.

  • Reply to: Maximizing the Postal Service’s Mobile Presence   3 years 11 months ago

    The iPhone mobile application currently includes a rate calculator function. The Android version wil be available in later this year.

  • Reply to: Revenue Protection   3 years 12 months ago

    Unfortunately, the people running the USPS merely echo what their bosses think, and really never attended a business school. If they want to increase revenue via first class mail for example, then a re-education process must occur within the school systems across the nation. In order to receive state, and federal aids, schools should get required to teach children to write letters. Postmasters should visit schools, and give the postal sales pitch to children. Newly graduating senior should be given a free book of stamps to write thank you cards. Yes, I said free. So many graduates don't even know how to address an envelope let alone write a letter. This bodes poorly for First Class Mail going forward.

    The sales pitch given by the post masters should include the benefits, and services the USPS offers. Get these young adults into the fold. I hold little confidence in the senior leadership of the USPS to correct the decreasing volume of First Class Mail. And, quite frankly, unless they develop new concepts to generate growth in this area, it will continue to shrink.

    Furthermore, walking from one house to the next house to deliver mail is akin to fighting a 21st century battle with a 17th century technique. Elimination of this would greatly reduce worker compensation claims, and genuinely improve working conditions for employees. Wages, hours, and conditions of employment remain the 3 negotiable issues in any collective bargaining settlement. Require all customers nationwide to place their mail boxes on the street.

  • Reply to: What is the Office of Audit and why do we blog?   3 years 12 months ago

    I see some things tangentially related, but nothing that looks like it would deal with the persistent doubts about the size of "worksharing" discounts. Is the current balance between the rates charged and the work shared the right one?

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 12 months ago

    Here's an example of what is going on - The Wrong Way to Sell EDDM http://www.intelisent.com/postalaffairsblog/?p=2914
    Poorly trained and misguided sales force down-selling current products. Per USPS leadership at MTAC, they are not monitoring to make sure that the revenue coming in from this program is new revenue. Last but not least, if it takes a contest with a trip to Las Vegas for the winner to motivate the USPS sales force, especially with the financial situation of the Postal Service the way it is, maybe the USPS needs new sales people. Or better yet, they should rely on the serious and capable sales force of motivated Mail Service Providers.